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What I Played this Week - Green Rage and Battle Fleet!

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It has been many weeks since a WIPTW post up, due to work, and really Trigger Fist; because I can't stop playing it! I did manage to pull myself away long enough to check out two also very cool indie games that are featured this week, both of which played nicely on the new iPad mini (review of that coming as well). When I started this review, I was listening to hurricane Sandy pound the crap out of my house while watching endless spiral bands of rain rolling in from the Atlantic on radar. My windows were leaking water, but the lights were still on (though flickering ominously), so it felt like I was on one of those old WW2 battleships riding the Pacific high seas...kind of like the game I was playing at the time! A game called...er, Battle Fleet (lame segue, but hey I tried). The other awesome game featured this week is a totally original platform game called Green Rage. Think alien adventure shoot-em-up and you as the alien. Both of these games are keepers, but Green Rage for iPad/iPhone only plays well on newer iOS devices/versions (iPad2/3/mini, iPhone 4S/5, and iPod 5), so wanted to point that out before diving in. UPDATE 11/6/2012...Green Rage is being pulled from the App store by the vendor (to fix a few things), but will return soon, so I pulled the links above... Learn more in the review below. Battle Fleet is available for 99 cents tomorrow (11/07/12) thanks to a special promotion from One Dollar Wednesday...



Belkin releases first accessories for new Lightning dock connector

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One obvious implication of the new, smaller dock connector (called Lightning) on the new iPads, iPhone 5, and new iPod touch is that these devices will no longer work with older accessories designed for the larger dock connector that had been used previously. Apple sells an adaptor, but that doesn't fit all devices. Now, according to The Next Web, Belkin is the very first company to announce accessories that are offically certified by Apple to be compatible with the new Lightning connector.



Magnet Boy App Review

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Magnet boy is a fun puzzle arcade adventure game that challenges you to fly from magnet to magnet picking up various parts to build a robot.  The story of the game starts when a professor who has been building incredible robots is attacked by an evil villain.  The villain destroys the professor’s robots and crashes them into many pieces.  As the hero of this story, Magnet Boy has to search high and low to find the parts of every destroyed robot, and put them back together.



SuperPower-World at War, Making the Arms Race Awesome

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SuperPower- World at War is a new launch from iPanda Lab that aims to make a hot new game out of a Cold War inspired sim. 



Green Rage live on the App Store!

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Am working on a full review of this quirky and unique new platformer from Paralline just released called Green Rage. If you have experienced the platform genre in the past, and think you have seen it all, you haven't and will want to grab this one ($1.99)! You mostly scurry along through twisted and varied obstacles, jump and evade baddies, and shoot stuff! Have to warn that it's version 1.0, and I had some issues with my older devices. The dev is working on those, but if you have a newer iPhone/iPad device running iOS 5.0 or later, shouldn't be a problem. Get it at the link above for iPad or here for iPhone...



iPad mini continues to sell out, first online and now in Apple stores around the globe.

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Rumors swirled about the iPad mini for literally years prior to its unveiling. And since it's introduction there has been a great deal of criticism, commentary and ridicule, deriding the iPad mini for being too expensive and for not having a Retina display.

 

Both Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have taken derisive pot shots at the iDevice (Kimmel going so far as to say we are "suckers who deserve to get punched in the throat"), while many critics (who obviously didn't read my blogs) seemed shocked at the mini's starting price point of $329.00.

 

Too expensive they say. Without Retina display, it's not worth it some say. You are a "sucker" if you get one...



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 11-2-12

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Workmate for the iPad mini passes Cygnett's brutal drop test. WARNING: Graphic content not suitable for all viewers!

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Cygnett releases a new video of iPad mini drop tests!

 

If you cant see the video clip, click HERE.


Oh how these drop tests always make me cringe just a little, kind of like nails dragged slowly and screechingly down a chalkboard! All the same, I'm still glad that someone’s done it so we can see how well the iPad mini holds up upon impact.



Outdoor Technology's Adapt: Turn anything with an audio jack into a Bluetooth speakerphone.

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Outdoor Technology’s Adapt is one of those clever inventions that seem self-evident after the fact. Once you see it, it just makes sense, and almost immediately your mind begins to think of numerous ways it would be convenient to have around! In fact, the Adapt by Outdoor Technology is a relatively simple device; a Bluetooth relay with a built-in microphone, which recieves and transmits a Bluetooth signal between any devices equipped with a 3.5 mm audio jack. But that succinct description doesn't do this handy gadget justice.
 
Google it. See for yourself. There isn't really anything else on the market quite like this. Yes, there are a few bulky Bluetooth recievers or transmitters floating around out there, but noting this balanced between being a reciever, a transmitter and a microphone, all in a self-contained mini-adapter. Definitely nothing else this tiny or ruggedly built! This is a unique gizmo, in part because it doesnt attach to the transmission (iPhone) side of things, it attaches to the reciever (earphone) side of things, making your speakers, headset or car stereo Bluetooth enabled, just like that! The trailblazers at Outdoor Technology have an original product on their hands, one that sets a high bar for any such versatile Bluetooth adapters to come! Read on for more deatils on this amazing little invention!



TryGuessThis for iPhone & iPod Touch

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Try Guess This is a great app which takes the popular type of game where you have to guess what the other player's word is a big step forward.  In this game you get to pick a word, or choose a word that is suggested from the apps library of over 3000 words.  Once you've chosen your word you need to help the other player guess it by sending them an image.  You can find a picture in your mobile device or take a new picture to send to them to help them guess.



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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